Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo. Photo: AFP

‘Dirty tricks’ were planned in South Korea’s first democratic election, CIA files show

  • Ahead of the landmark election in 1987, the military-backed ruling camp so feared the loss of its hand-picked candidate that it drew up detailed plans to fix the poll, declassified US intelligence shows
  • The documents also show that the South Korean government was prepared to crack down hard on any unrest following the vote
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Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo. Photo: AFP
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John Power

John Power

John Power joined the Post in 2018 after nearly a decade as a journalist in the Asia region. He is a reporter for Asia Desk and This Week in Asia, with a special focus on Korean affairs.